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Virtual organizing has allowed NGOs like NextGen America to focus their attention on rural, young BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voters — a demographic that has been historically underrepresented in elections in the U.S. These voters have brought climate change and sustainable farming to the forefront of the election in places like rural Iowa. BIPOC rural voters want to fight climate change and encourage more sustainable and safe farming and agribusiness. For example, when Trump reopened meatpacking plants in April, it made Latinx and other immigrant workers more susceptible to coronavirus. Moreover, environmental disasters like the “derecho” wind storm, which destroyed $4B in crops in Iowa alone, made climate change a top issue for rural voters.
Why this Matters: In 2018, only 2 percent of rural voters ages 18 to 29 voted in the midterm elections, according to a report from Tufts’ Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement.The report explains that these voters tend to live in “civic deserts,” — places where aspiring voters aren’t encouraged or don’t have the tools to get engaged. 60% of rural millennials live in civic deserts, and 1/3 of these rural millennials do not have steady access to the internet or cell phone service. Because this demographic consistently gets ignored, it paints a misleading picture of what REALLY matters to rural voters. But that is changing — and it may be enough to make a difference in Iowa this election.
Get Out the Vote organizations have picked up the slack, translating voting instructions and candidate information, and distributing it to rural voters. While the pandemic has slowed many of these efforts down — for example, many voter’s advocacy organizations usually go to universities, conferences, and knocking on doors to reach young rural voters — organizing online has allowed for new ways of reaching out to voters. For example, 18by.vote, a voting organization focused on young people, has expanded their fellowship program, putting new fellows in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Oklahoma in order to connect with young rural voters as directly as possible. These efforts could prove integral to bringing climate change legislation to fruition, even in a fraught political landscape.
As California’s drought conditions are worsening, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino forest. State water officials have drafted a cease-and-desist order to force the company to stop overpumping from Strawberry Creek, which provides drinking water for about 750,000 people.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the Biden administration’s first 100 days, the climate crisis and environmental issues have been at the forefront of the administration’s agenda. As Environment America writes in their progress report, “despite the need to rebuild many federal agencies and tackle the COVID-19 crisis, the Biden administration has already taken […]
Today I stopped by Thomas Built Buses in High Point, North Carolina. The union workers there make electric school buses. These are the kinds of jobs we will create through the American Jobs Plan. pic.twitter.com/CuTffJm5Zu — Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 19, 2021 The Biden Administration is not waiting for Earth Day, it is […]
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